Fans riot, vandalize downtown Montreal
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
Well Europe have their Soccer Hooligans, Montreal has their Hab (Montreal Canadiens) Hockey Hooligans.
Watching the news last night, it looked more like a War Zone than a Hockey Celebration, why burn and destroy a section of a city as a celebration?
Certainly shows a city out of control and one can only imagine what a Stanley Cup win in La Belle Province will result in.
MONTREAL — Street celebrations following the Montreal Canadiens seventh-game victory over the Boston Bruins turned violent Monday night after vandals torched and smashed more than a dozen police vehicles and damaged local businesses.
Police spokesman Const. Laurent Gingras said at least 13 people were detained, including three minors — one 14-year-old and two 17-year-olds. They will face charges including break-and-enter, mischief against a police vehicle, assault against a police officer and numerous municipal bylaw violations, he said.
The riot started after a massive crowd celebrating the Canadiens victory started to disperse just before midnight.
Jean-Francois Hotte said he was taking part in the celebrations when the incident degenerated quickly as police started chasing people.
“One minute we were all hanging out and celebrating and then all hell broke out,” said Hotte, who watched as a Foot Locker store was ransacked by looters. A liquor store was also hit. “It didn’t take five minutes before everyone was up on Ste-Catherine Street. It went really fast.”
While the initial celebration was relatively peaceful, small groups milled around on several street corners even as riot police surrounded burning vehicles to allow firefighters to douse flames.
Gingras said 16 police cars were damaged and had to be towed.